The Forgotten Kingdom tells the story in three parts, Langoureth, Lailoken, and Angharad, a family divided by kingdom and by land. The Forgotten Kingdom shows the rich Arthurian mythology and the power behind family. I gave The Forgotten Kingdom three stars, enjoying the history and the Arthurian mythology that filled the books and filled my imagination as I read The Forgotten Kingdom.
Book: The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike
Series: The Lost Queen Trilogy #2
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
(Thank you NetGalley for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review)
**While this book has already been out I did receive it early so thank you again NetGalley!**
Tags: Young adult, historical fiction, mythology
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Read: March 17, 2021 to March 22, 2021
AD 573. Imprisoned in her chamber, Languoreth awaits news in torment. Her husband and son have ridden off to wage war against her brother, Lailoken. She doesn’t yet know that her young daughter, Angharad, who was training with Lailoken to become a Wisdom Keeper, has been lost in the chaos. As one of the bloodiest battles of early medieval Scottish history scatters its survivors to the wind, Lailoken and his men must flee to exile in the mountains of the Lowlands, while nine-year-old Angharad must summon all Lailoken has taught her and follow her own destiny through the mysterious, mystical land of the Picts.
In the aftermath of the battle, old political alliances unravel, opening the way for the ambitious adherents of the new religion: Christianity. Lailoken is half-mad with battle sickness, and Languoreth must hide her allegiance to the Old Way to survive her marriage to the next Christian king of Strathclyde. Worst yet, the new King of the Angles is bent on expanding his kingdom at any cost. Now the exiled Lailoken, with the help of a young warrior named Artur, may be the only man who can bring the Christians and the pagans together to defeat the encroaching Angles. But to do so, he must claim the role that will forever transform him. He must become the man known to history as “Myrddin.”
Bitter rivalries are ignited, lost loves are found, new loves are born, and old enemies come face-to-face with their reckoning in this compellingly fresh look at one of the most enduring legends of all time.
Spoiler Free Review
The Forgotten Kingdom tells the story in three parts, Langoureth, Lailoken, and Angharad, a family divided by kingdom and by land. The Forgotten Kingdom shows the rich Arthurian mythology and the power behind family.
I gave The Forgotten Kingdom three stars, enjoying the history and the Arthurian mythology that filled the books and filled my imagination as I read The Forgotten Kingdom. I loved reading about the different myths and legends in this realm. Reading about Langoureth and Lailoken again was fantastic and I found myself remembering book one: The Lost Queen and the story of Langoureth and the connection between our twins. To read about all the different hardships that the whole family had to endure was heartfelt and emotional.
While I enjoyed the history, the mythology, and legends of The Forgotten Kingdom, I just found that I wanted the pace to slow down a bit. Each point of view was a different year during the story and I just found that to be a little too confusing. I felt the plot was disconnected from the plot and character and felt that the plot was a mess.
I did enjoy this second installment to the series but I just found that I wasn’t as gravitated towards The Forgotten Kingdom. I enjoyed the setting of the kingdom and how much emphasis there was on the power behind the throne and the decisions that were made. The mythology and legends that were included were enjoyable and I loved reading about the history.
Thank you again to NetGalley and Atria Books for inviting me to read The Forgotten Kingdom and providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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